Yes, Christians Can Vote for Mormons

LDS politicians work within the limits of constitutional government. They have no history of failing to respect First Amendment protections, nor do they advocate applying religious principles inappropriately to the activities of the state. This, it seems to me, is what we need to know about Mormons when we are contemplating voting for one.

I don't agree with the Latter-day Saints about the nature of Jesus Christ or the history of divine revelations to mankind—but then, I don't mistake any election held in the United States for a referendum on those matters. If my church is selecting a new pastor, I certainly care about his Christian doctrinal beliefs. But when it comes to voting for public officials, I want to hear from candidates that they favor government that is limited, constitutional, and federal. Mormons have been at least as likely as people from any other religious background to affirm these principles. Mormons and traditional Christians don't have to agree on religious doctrine to vote for each other in public elections.

5/18/2011 4:00:00 AM
J. E. Dyer
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J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval intelligence officer and evangelical Christian. She retired in 2004 and blogs from the Inland Empire of southern California. She writes for Commentary's CONTENTIONS blog, Hot Air's Green Room, and her own blog, The Optimistic Conservative. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.